Geotechnology, Inc hosts St. Louis Chapter Geo-Institute webinar

January 9th, 2014

Permeable Pavement – Design Considerations and Tips for Avoiding Failures

on Friday, January 10th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CST. This webinar will be hosted at

Geotechnology, Inc Corporate Headquarters
11816 Lackland Road, Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63146

RSVP by calling Nick Roth, 314-432-8073 or by emailing Nick at by 8:00 am Jan. 10th.

The fee for attending is $10 per person, food and beverage will be provided.

This webinar will cover:

  • Introduction to permeable pavement types, uses and performance
  • Addressing common myths
  • Site considerations common to all permeable pavements
  • Structural and hydrologic design considerations common to all permeable pavements
  • Avoiding design, construction and maintenance failures

Attendees will receive 1 PDH

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE presents

March 11th, 2013

Geotechnology’s Anna Saindon, PhD, RG, PE will present at EUCI’s conference on Fossil Fuel Generation Retirement: Mothballing and Decommissioning Facilities March 18-19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  An in-depth brochure about the conference can be found in this link. The program is authorized IACET to offer .9 CEUs for this program.

To register for the conference go to EUCI’s event website here.

Saindon is a Senior Engineer at Geotechnology’s St. Louis, Missouri office and works in the Environmental Group.

Geotechnology Donates To Engineers’ Club of St. Louis

February 20th, 2013

St. Louis, MO (January 11, 2013) –

Geotechnology, Inc., a leading provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing, geophysics, water resource management, and drilling services, announced today the donation of $5,000 to the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis Foundation. The donation is made on behalf of Phil Jozwiak, PE, and John Baker, PE, both longtime Geotechnology engineers who retired in 2012. Mr. Baker helped found the company in 1984 with Mike Alizadeh, Ron Ecklekamp, Don McQueen and Pat Goeke. Mr. Jozwiak is a past president of the Engineers Club of St. Louis.

The donation is targeted for the Club’s $2.5 million dollar campaign to renovate the organization’s headquarters at 4359 Lindell Avenue. The renovation will provide new space to use when working with local schools and businesses to identify and implement effective ways to encourage greater scholarship in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Geotechnology is proud to be among the first to donate to this worthy project on behalf of Phil Jozwiak and John Baker,” said Ed Alizadeh, President & CEO, Geotechnology, Inc. “Both Phil and John understand that our future success – and our nation’s technological advantage – depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

Club members plan to work with both employers and schools to encourage math and science study, provide connections to the kinds of jobs that will be available with proper training, and mentor students who are heading towards STEM careers.

Mike Alizadeh Graduate Studies Scholarship Renamed and Awarded for 2010-2011 School Year

November 22nd, 2010

The Mike Alizadeh Graduate Studies Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year was awarded last September to Brett Zitny from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is pursuing a M.S. in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering and will graduate in May 2011. He is a member and former president of the ASCE Student Chapter. The scholarship, which was established in 2007 to honor Geotechnology, Inc. founder Mike Alizadeh, supports graduate students pursuing Masters Degrees in civil or geological engineering with a geotechnical or environmental emphasis who attend a university in the Midwest. The ASCE St. Louis Section Geotechnical Committee administers the scholarship.

To better draw the connection between Mike Alizadeh and the firm he founded in 1984, the scholarship is now called the Mike Alizadeh/Geotechnology Scholarship. The hope is to also make the scholarship more relevant and recognizable to applicants. The scholarship is funded by the Alizadeh family and Geotechnology, Inc.

Read the rest of this entry »

Geotechnology Up to Speed with Missouri’s OSHA 10-Hour Training Requirement

August 2nd, 2010

On August 29, 2009 the State of Missouri mandated that all on-site employees of contractors and subcontractors working on State and locally funded public works construction projects must complete the 10-Hour, OSHA construction safety course. Geotechnology promptly began conducted training sessions in August 2009 to ensure the staff who perform field services comply with this requirement and to emphasize existing knowledge about identifying, reducing, eliminating and reporting hazards associated with site work. Corporate Health and Safety Officer Joe Darmody, an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in the Construction Industry, has trained over 60 Geotechnology employees in the 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Course including the majority of our field staff as well as project engineers and project managers. Training continues for all incoming staff.

8 Ideas to Help With Project Efficiency…from your Geoprofessional

June 10th, 2010

Staying on budget and on schedule while maintaining quality is the challenge and goal of every project, but the reality is that there are speed bumps and unknowns. We want to help reduce those situations or provide knowledge in helping to resolve them as they relate to geotechnical, environmental, drilling and testing services. We’ve included a handful of ideas that we’ve culled from both lessons learned and successful implementation. We’d love to discuss them with you to see if we can be of assistance in planning a successful project.

1.  Conduct an environmental audit of existing operations at the planning stage to assure expansion plans are environmentally compliant and to avoid fines and negative public relations.

2.  Reliable estimates are possible with adequate design and schedule information. When early preliminary budgets are based upon assumptions, commit to revisiting those estimates and provide appropriate contingencies.

3.  Review the testing budget and scope with the project team. Careful planning increases the team’s understanding of the project requirements and assures that observations and tests are conducted in a timely and efficient manner.

4.  When conducting environmental assessments, assess all potential issues that could impact future development. Issues that may be omitted from the list but could be important include mold, lead paint, wetlands, floodplains and endangered habitat.

5.  Consider lump sum contracts and evaluate them to see if they would be a good fit for the project.

6.  Consider pre-drilling pier holes to reduce schedule and budget risk, better define quantity of rock removal and enhance safety.

7.  Ask for regular tracking of fees at certain milestones. Periodically update estimate of final costs.

8.  Negotiate scope and fee with geotechnical, environmental and materials testing consultants. Through negotiation, a scope and fee can be established that is just right for your project. Procuring these services through a low bid process only encourages a low initial fee. A negotiated scope and fee development focuses more on the total project cost implications of the recommendations made by your foundation and environmental consultants, which are much more significant than the consulting fee.

Geotechnology Takes on St. Louis Green Business Challenge

March 11th, 2010

Geotechnology enrolled in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a program spearheaded by the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) to help companies take steps toward sustainable business practices. The program, which began in February and concludes in October 2010, requires companies to determine their green baseline and then take the necessary steps to improve their score by implementing sustainable practices over the course of nine months. Sixty companies and organizations are enrolled in the Challenge. The program scorecard measures achievements in six areas:

  • Forming Company Green Teams
  • Improving Energy Efficiency
  • Raising Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Reducing Waste
  • Reducing Water Usage
  • Providing Clean Transportation Options

Read the rest of this entry »

Geotechnology Wraps Up 2009 United Way & Adopt A Soldier Campaigns

November 16th, 2009


On November 9th, Geotechnology shipped 170 lbs of food, letters and essentials to support four soldiers actively serving in the United States Army. The soldiers are from Missouri and Illinois and will receive their packages by Thanksgiving to enjoy and share with their colleagues for the holidays. This was the company’s fourth year participating in the Adopt A Soldier campaign. With many veterans from various generations working at Geotechnology, this campaign is close to our hearts.

The Team at Geotechnology was not deterred by the news coverage and reports about the economy. The staff rallied to exceed expectations in its annual United Way campaign for 2009, achieving 111% of its goal. The donation, made of voluntary contributions by the staff, exceeded $7,000, which will support non-profit organizations throughout the St. Louis Metro area. Geotechnology has participated in the campaign since 1985.

IBC Seismic Design Seminar Held at Geotechnology Headquarters

November 10th, 2009

On Thursday, November 12, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. till noon, Geotechnology will welcome speakers and attendees for a seminar addressing the seismic design requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) in best practice design. The seminar will be held at Geotechnology’s headquarters in Maryland Heights and is hosted by the New Madrid Chapter of EERI, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Associated organizations included the St. Louis Section of AEG (Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists,) the St. Louis Post of SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) and SEAKM (Structural Engineers of Kansas and Missouri.) The speakers and topics are:

Greg Hempen, Ph.D., P.E., R.G., URS Corp., Retired USACE – IBC Site Classification Refresher
Doug Lambert, R.G., Geotechnology, Inc. – Shear-Wave Velocity to Determine Site Class
Steve McCaskie, P.E., Hanson Professional Services, Inc. – Geotechnical Hazard Assement under IBC
Eric Neuner, P.E., Geotechnology, Inc. – Developing Site-Specific (Response Spectra) Assessment
Nathan Gould, D.Sc., P.E., S.E., ABS Consulting – Locally-Adopted IBC & the 2009 IBC for Seismic Structural Design
Mike Griffin, P.E., CCS Group, Inc. – Seismic Design for Nonstructural Components
Jim Taylor, P.E., S.E., ABS Consulting – Cost Implications for Seismic Design & Construction

To register, contact Eric Neuner at (314) 997-7440 or

Geotechnology Presents Career Pathways to Senior Students at the AGC Construction Career Center

May 18th, 2009

Ed Alizadeh, Geotechnology president, and Steve Fults, project manager of the non-destructive testing group talked about some of the career pathways available to the graduating students of the AGC’s Construction Career Center. The first career presented included engineering, which coincides with the CCC’s new curriculum pathway to engineering called Project Lead the Way that will launch in Fall 2009. The second pathway presented featured construction materials testing and observation and non-destructive testing, which are quality control / quality assurance professions necessary in the construction industry. Students were able to ask questions and handle testing samples and equipment applied in the field.